Cycling

Hivert wins Andalusia stage

2013-02-18 19:44
Jonathan Hivert (AFP)

Madrid - Frenchman Jonathan Hivert won the first stage of the Tour of Andalusia on Monday, a 164km ride from San Fernando to Ubrique.

The 27-year-old - who is in top form having won France's first professional race of the season the Etoile de Besseges in early February - prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and Dutchman Bauke Mollema.

Movistar rider Valverde retained the overall lead, holding a seven second advantage over Belgium's Jurgen Van den Broeck and Mollema, who is a further four seconds back, after the Spaniard won Sunday's prologue.

Hivert is eighth overall and 25secs off the lead.

Tuesday's second stage is the 194km ride from Trebujena to Montilla.

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